As a mom, what are your babies favorite foods? Do you have any babies with food allergies? Our daughter recently turned 13 months and we are having so much fun introducing new foods to her. Watching her cute little button nose turn up at the things she doesn’t like is truly hilarious. Emory was exclusively breastfed until she was 9 months old. At that time we started to slowly introduce her to pureed fruits and vegetables. She is still eating purees, lol. Most babies at this time are eating more finger foods and chunky purees. Not our little Emory, she likes what she likes. This post is dedicated moms searching for Easy DIY Organic Baby Food Recipes for babies with food allergies.
All babies develop differently, and as a mother it’s important that I create a space for other moms to feel comfortable sharing their truths. Here’s my truth: my daughter is 13 months, nurses at least 4 times a day, doesn’t eat solid foods and doesn’t sleep through the night. Daddy and I spoon feed her organic baby food purees, and she loves them. Her favorites are sweet potatoes and carrots, sweet peas and green peas. We’ve recently had to omit fruits from her diet, as we noticed some allergy symptoms. She appears to have an aversion to fruits like pears, apples, strawberries, blueberries, bananas and kiwi. This discovery has led us to believe that she may have a slight allergy to fruits with seeds. She has her first allergist appointment this week, hopefully we will get some much needed answers! Given this recent observation, we have decided to feed her only fresh, organic vegetables and vegetable based snacks. Although we have found some freeze dried, fruit-based snacks that seem to be okay.
As parents of babies with food allergies, our jobs are even more important. As Emory’s allergies have yet to be officially diagnosed, we take it upon ourselves to make note of any reactions to foods she consumes. Thus far, the previously mentioned vegetables have appeared safe for babies with food allergies.
BABIES WITH FOOD ALLERGIES
This post is a guide to a few very simple (really!) recipes to prepare for babies with food allergies. These veggies can either be pureed or served as finger foods. If you decide to serve as finger foods these recipes are soft enough for those little ones with only a few teeth.
When we first started serving Emory purees I would mix them with my breast milk in a effort to provide a familiar flavor and sweetness. She’s past that stage now. Vegetables like sweet potato and carrots, sweet peas and green peas are naturally sweet when roasted or steamed. So we were wise to start there. Below are the simple ingredients and supplies you will need to get the job done! My husband and I meal prep all of our daughter’s purees on Sunday, making our lives very easy during the week.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED | SUPPLY LIST
Pot and strainer
Fresh/Frozen organic vegetables
NutriBullet or baby bullet
Organic Root Vegetables (Sweet potatoes (orange/purple), Carrots, Beets) are best roasted as it brings out their natural sweetness. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and wrap these veggies (whole) in foil. It’s best to put them on a foil lined baking sheet, especially the sweet potatoes. Their natural sugars cause the vegetable to leak a a bit. Even tightly wrapped in foil. Roast these veggies until they are soft and easily mashed with a fork. If your baby is beyond the sort of soupy purees, then you can simply mash the veggies for a chunkier final product.
Other Vegetables (peas, green beans, Lima beans, broccoli and cauliflower florets)
I purchase these organic vegetables frozen from Kroger. The already come in steam-able bags that you can microwave, but I prefer to steam them on top of the stove using a pot and steamer/strainer. You can simply add about 3 cups of water to the bottom pot and pour the frozen veggies in the top steamer pot. Steam them until the desired consistency for your little one. We like to give Emory a couple whole, to see if she will eat them. She puts them in her mouth for a second, but hasn’t gotten to the point to where she will chew them up. After they’ve reached the desired consistency add them to your blending device of choice for 30 seconds or so.
Once the puree has cooled spoon into ice cube tray. Wrap tray with saran wrap and freeze for 24 hours. Once frozen, pop cubes out of the tray and place each vegetable into a separate, labeled bag. Each cube is approx. 1 ounce (standard ice tray holds 16 ounces of food). Each bag usually lasts us a week. We prepare three different vegetables weekly and rotate them out so that she has a variety at daycare and dinner.
Does your little one suffer from food allergies? What are some of your favorite recipes? Share them with me below in the comments!